Looks like that Angry Birds animated series is actually happening, which probably comes as a surprise to very few people. Last year, Rovio acquired Helsinki-based Kombo Animation Studio and hinted at their plans in October to produce a short series.
The cartoon will run for 52 short episodes and be released on a weekly basis to "all possible platforms." With the new medium, folks can "interact and experience" Angry Birds' iconic characters in a whole new way, according to Rovio's head of animation Nick Dorra.
"I am happy to say we are going to roll out a weekly animation series this year of short format content. It's a great way for us to connect with our existing fans, to give them more and keep them engaged.
"But it's also important for acquiring new fans because not everyone might want to play the game or is not able to play the game.
"We want to offer people different points where they can interact and experience our characters."
As for the game itself, Dorra says focus will eventually shift away from "the slingshot" to spotlight the game's characters and their amusing shenanigans.
"It will, in the future, be less and less about the slingshot and more about the characters and their adventures and all different kinds of games in different forms."
That isn't too much of a surprise either, given Rovio's most recent studio buy. Last week, Rovio announced their acquisition of Futuremark Game Studios, the gaming branch of Finnish benchmarking software dev Futuremark.